2004 Williams-Selyem "Hirsch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
The most notable feature of this wine, the thing that really distinguishes it from the other Pinots in Bob Cabral’s stable, is acidity. It just sings and zings. Meanwhile the fruity flavor from this hot vintage is enormous. Blackberries, cherries, mocha, molasses, the list goes on. Delicious now, this will improve for four years, and hold for another six.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
**Outstanding** The most complex nose of any wine in the range with a lovely blend of high-toned red berry fruit that avoids any candied notes and subtle hints of sandalwood and spice that can also be found on the rich, serious and beautifully detailed flavors that have a very classy mouth feel and much better harmony and balance on the long finish. A stunner.
**Two Stars** Deep, convincing, and entirely lovely from start to finish, this engaging wine is a touch toasty in orientation and boasts layers of young fruit in aromas that unfold in the glass. The same sense of restraint yet depth is echoed by confident, still emerging flavors whose sense of nerve matches the depth of its ripe, rich, keenly focused fruit.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard (510 cases) is a stunner, with a dense ruby/purple color and a rich nose of forest floor and red and black fruits mixed with some subtle oak and crushed rock. Fruit-forward, rich, medium to full-bodied, and impressively done ... (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Perfumed nose combines minerals, graphite and fresh herbs. Sweet, lush and spicy, but without the grip of the Peay. Offers very good density and concentration, though. Finishes with substantial sweet tannins and a slight youthful aggressiveness. This is very good but I was still thinking about the Peay when I had this in my mouth.
Shows good intensity, with earthy, vibrant mineral, dried cherry and berry notes that turn expansive on the finish. Offers a hint of creamy oak, with firm tannins.